The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association (ASHE) have jointly released for public comment a draft of Proposed Standard 189.2, Standard for the Design, Construction & Operation of Sustainable High-Performance Health Care Facilities.
ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings, was a milestone in sustainability, as one of the first design and construction standards developed expressly for adoption by code authorities as minimum “sustainable” (more…)
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We are proud to announce that Sustainability-Counsel.com has been selected as one of the LexisNexis Top 50 Environmental Law & Climate Change Community Blogs for 2011. This distinction recognizes preeminent thought leaders in the blogosphere who create an invaluable content aggregate for all segments of the environmental law and climate change practice. “Most good blogs provide frequent posts on timely topics, but the authors in this year’s collective take their blogs to a different level by providing insightful commentary that demonstrates how blogs can–and do–impact the practice of environmental and climate change law,” said Tracie Morris, Web 2.0 Manager, LexisNexis. “I am delighted that our blog, Sustainability-Counsel.com, has been selected as one of the LexisNexis Top 50 Blogs. This is an amazing achievement for a blog started only nine months ago. We are privileged to receive this recognition,” said Jane C. Luxton, chair of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team.
On April 19, 2011, PA environmental regulators, prompted by concerns about high levels of bromides in river water, asked Marcellus Shale gas drillers to voluntarily stop disposing of drilling wastewater at 16 municipal treatment facilities. Governor Tom Corbett (more…)
Although oil prices have fallen 2 – 4% in the past couple of days, West Texas Intermediate is over $105/barrel and Brent is over $120/barrel. That reality has driven US gas prices over $4.00 a gallon in at least six states – California, Hawaii, Alaska, Illinois, Connecticut and New York and to well above $3.50 everywhere else. The Middle East is showing no signs of quickly simmering down from the political turmoil that has characterized 2011 in that part of the world. That is sure to further affect oil prices. (more…)
On April 16, leading Democrats in the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce released a report entitled “Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing”. The report is the work product of an investigation by the committee commenced in February 2010 in which letters were sent to 14 oil and gas service companies requesting information as to the type and volume of chemicals present in the hydraulic fracturing products (more…)